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The Florida Telephone Corporation Building --- Currently “A Matter of Taste” Restaurant

Thirty years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, the Pasco County Telephone Corporation organized with 16 lines. By 1910, the directory listed 135 numbers for the exchange. Clarence Griffin, the President and General Manager of the company, housed the exchange in his local drug store.

Telephone pioneer Otto Wettstein Jr., with financial assistance of Elliot Edge of Groveland, FL. came to Dade City and in 1916 purchased Griffin’s company. Wettstein continued to acquire telephone exchanges throughout Florida. In 1925, he merged his 28 exchanges into the Florida Telephone Corporation.

Mr. Wettstein constructed a two story Mediterranean Revival building on 7th Street in Dade City to house the telephone company. The building completed in 1925 and named the Florida Telephone Corporation Building. The new space provided much improved service for the overloaded exchange located in Mr. Griffin’s drug store.

For the remaining history on this building in downtown Dade City, you can purchase this beautiful ornament from a member or the Dade City Chamber of Commerce.

Start your Christmas Shopping early with this perfect gift!! -- ORNAMENT COST IS $22.00

New Gazebo


gazebo cls up

Photos by Richard Riley

Arbor Day


Every year the Dade City Garden Club and the City of Dade City partners to plant trees donated in honor and memory of dear friends and relatives. A plaque is inscribed and placed at the base of these trees. The City waters them for 30 days. We have planted a diverse selection over the years and look forward to our next planting.

We will be planting in early January and trees should be ordered by December 10th. Trees are available in 15gal containers for $65 which includes plaque  and planting. Trees are planted on City property on streets and parks. We plant crape myrtles and oaks. All varieties are subject to availability. Special requests will be considered. Contact Debbie at:

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